End Youth Homelessness

NET PROCEEDS BENEFIT EVA’S INITIATIVES FOR HOMELESS YOUTH

Eva’s Initiatives for Homeless Youth is an award-winning organization that provides shelter, transitional housing, and programming to help young people build brighter futures free of homelessness. Known for taking bold risks and sharing best practices to prevent, reduce, and end youth homelessness, Eva’s serves hundreds of young people and their families every year, offering a unique combination of safe shelter and housing, street outreach, counselling, training, and life skills programs. Eva’s gives young people the tools to transition out of homelessness permanently and collaborate and innovate to end youth homelessness.

Eva’s Initiatives for Homeless Youth is an award-winning organization that provides shelter, transitional housing, and programming to help young people build brighter futures free of homelessness. Known for taking bold risks and sharing best practices to prevent, reduce, and end youth homelessness, Eva’s serves hundreds of young people and their families every year, offering a unique combination of safe shelter and housing, street outreach, counselling, training, and life skills programs. Eva’s gives young people the tools to transition out of homelessness permanently and collaborate and innovate to end youth homelessness.

$63 – Food for Two Weeks
$150 | A Fresh Start Kit for New Beginnings
$360 | Feeds the Shelter for a Day
$80 | Two Weeks of TTC Transportation
$500 | Opportunity to Dream BIG

RECOGNIZING EVA MAUD SMITH, EVA’S VISIONARY FOUNDER AND CHAMPION

“By losing them, we were also losing our strength and future.”

– Eva Maud Smith, Founder (1923-1993)

Eva Maud Smith (1923-1993) was a woman of action. In 1956 at the age of 33, she immigrated to Canada from Jamaica as a domestic worker. Nothing was easy about her first years in Canada, but it wasn’t long before Eva Smith became a Toronto community leader and a school outreach worker.

Eva shed light on hidden youth homelessness, showing decision-makers the scope of the problem and rallying supporters to do something about it. She demonstrated that adult shelters were missing the specialized supports youth needed to avoid chronic homelessness in the long term.

In 1989, through Eva Smith’s trailblazing work the North York Emergency Home for Youth was founded. Five years later, the original emergency shelter and the first youth-focused shelter in North York, Toronto, Eva’s Place, was opened for homeless youth.

Although Eva Smith passed away in 1993, her spirit has lived on.

Eva Maud Smith (1923-1993) was a woman of action. In 1956 at the age of 33, she immigrated to Canada from Jamaica as a domestic worker. Nothing was easy about her first years in Canada, but it wasn’t long before Eva Smith became a Toronto community leader and a school outreach worker.

Eva shed light on hidden youth homelessness, showing decision-makers the scope of the problem and rallying supporters to do something about it. She demonstrated that adult shelters were missing the specialized supports youth needed to avoid chronic homelessness in the long term.

In 1989, through Eva Smith’s trailblazing work the North York Emergency Home for Youth was founded. Five years later, the original emergency shelter and the first youth-focused shelter in North York, Toronto, Eva’s Place, was opened for homeless youth.

Although Eva Smith passed away in 1993, her spirit has lived on.

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“When I arrived in Canada as a young boy in the 70’s, Eva Maud Smith was hard at work in the trenches pushing government to improve opportunities for immigrating families and struggling young people. Though I didn’t physically meet Eva, I certainly benefited from her insights and relentless efforts. I am grateful and proud to be inspired by her today, committing my own creativity and tenacity to support Eva’s and the too many homeless young people the organization serves.”

– Len D Henry, Founder, MODECANADAROCKS

“When I arrived in Canada as a young boy in the 70’s, Eva Maud Smith was hard at work in the trenches pushing government to improve opportunities for immigrating families and struggling young people. Though I did not physically meet Eva, I certainly benefited from her insights and relentless efforts. I am grateful, encouraged and proud to be inspired by Eva Smith today, committing my own creativity, connectivity and successes in support of Eva’s and the too many homeless young people the organization serves.”

– Len D Henry, Founder, MODECANADAROCKS